World Cup 2018 is under way! We’ve already seen one instant classic in Portugal-Spain as well as late-game drama in Friday’s other two matches. We can only hope Germany vs Mexico provides us with plenty more thrills. To whet the appetite, we thought we’d post the full version of Matt’s chat with Hecko Flores his … Continue reading "Talking Fussball ENCORE – Mexico NT chat with DW Sports’ Hecko Flores"
It’s World Cup time! It’s time to Talk Fussball! Germany are gearing up for their Group F opener on Sunday and Matt catches up with Kit Holden in Berlin to run the squad over with a fine-toothed comb. The boys also devote quite a bit of time to exploring the “Erdogan affair”, the controversy that’s … Continue reading "Talking Fussball – German NT World Cup preview"
Time to look back at the Bundesliga year that was in our 2017-18 Saisonrückblick! Matt and Abel fire up the pod machine to figure out who deserves to be young player of the year, minister of defense, most disappointing player, coach of the year and much more. Before they dig in to the past, they … Continue reading "Bundesliga 2017-18 Season Review – Favre signs at BVB, Leipzig’s Rangnick considers hiring himself"
Have you missed us? We’ve missed you, so Matt is here with a flash update after Wolfsburg wrapped up the Bundesliga season by topping Holstein Kiel in the relegation playoff. Tune in to find out when we’ll be recording a season-in-review, as well as what we have planned for the World Cup!
It looks like we might have made it – yes, it looks like we’ve made it to the end. For most of us here at Talking Fussball central that doesn’t mean much – we’ll be back soon enough with more content. For Hamburger Sportverein, it really is the end. The great clock-watch is over. Matt’s … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD34 – Hamburg have left the building, BVB hang on to UCL football by a thread after Hoffenheim loss"
Just one last match day for the 2017-18 Bundesliga season, meaning whatever points you pick up this week will be the last you collect – time to make them count. By the same token, quite a few teams have European qualification or top flight survival on the line and will be giving every last drop … Continue reading "TF Fantasy MD34 tips – Who to play on the final day"
Mainz did themselves a solid on Match Day 33, busting loose for a 2-1 win at the Westfalenstadion over BVB. That meant not only that the zero-fivers are safe but also that Schalke are guaranteed to finish above Dortmund for the first time in nine years. Matt and Abel talk all that over, as well … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD33 – Schalke seal ‘Vice-Champions’ status, Relegation fight goes down to wire"
It’s the second-to-last match day in the Bundesliga, folks. A clutch of teams are jockeying for Europa League football, and another handful are living in fear of the drop. Tune in for JT and Flo’s hot tips on what to watch – and who to put in your team – for Match Day 33!
It’s Julian Nagelsmann and the village club who look strongest as the 2017-18 Bundesliga season draws to a close – suddenly TSG are breathing down the necks of both Dortmund and Schalke. Meanwhile at the bottom, Cologne may have received their official top flight pink slip, but HSV are threatening to make another improbable escape. … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD32 – Hoffenheim climb, Hamburg claw their way up in the final phase"
Just three matches to go – it’s time to settle things down at the bottom as well as at the top…and for managers like you it’s time to pick up fantasy points as quick as possible! Join JT and Flo for a run-down of who you can trust on the Bundesliga’s antepenultimate match day of … Continue reading "TF Fantasy MD32 preview – Relegation race set for a climax, European hopefuls collide"
Dortmund fans were given an increasingly rare treat on Match Day 31 – an attractively played comprehensive win over a top-level opponent. The emergence of Jadon Sancho as an impact player ahead of the new season adds a little extra spice. Matt catches up with a well-pleased Abel to talk BVB as well as set … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD31 – Sancho sizzles in BVB breakout, Bayern prepare for Real, Cologne bow out"
Time is running out on the Bundesliga – just four weeks left – and let’s face it, some teams have more to play for than others. On this week’s TF Fantasy, you’ll learn how to take advantage. James and Flo are reunited, ready to clue you in on the games to watch on MD31, as … Continue reading "TF Fantasy MD 31 overview – teams and players to lean on (and run from) in the run-in"
Dortmund’s dreams of overhauling the Royal Blues with a win in Gelsenkirchen were dashed in style on Match Day 30 – Tedesco’s boys walked off the Veltins Arena pitch with a 2-0 win and a tight grip on second place. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich decided Nico Kovac is the man to lead them come summer when … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD 30 – Schalke stomp BVB in Revierderby, Frankfurt fold after Kovac agrees to join Bayern"
The Bundesliga heads into the final five games this weekend as Schalke and Dortmund get set to intensify their battle for second place on a head-to-head basis. Hamburg and Cologne travel to Sinsheim and Berlin, respectively, to see if their improbable hopes of staving off relegation can come true. This week it’s Flo and Abel … Continue reading "TF Fantasy MD30 preview – tips for the home stretch, Revierderby preview"
This past weekend, the most surprising thing happened: Hamburger Sportverein took down the (recently) mighty FC Schalke 04. As if to tip the scales back into balance, the least surprising thing happened as well as FC Bayern München claimed the Bundesliga title for the sixth year in a row. Matt and Abel are back to … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD 29 – Bayern snatch a sixth straight title, Hamburg shock Schalke"
Florian Reinecke, the Fantasy God, flies solo this week as JT tries his hand at some next-level sports betting in Las Vegas. He’s got advice for all your MD29 needs, including which players will respond to the pressures of the fight against the drop, and which players will make it on the pitch in the … Continue reading "TF Fantasy MD29 preview – Relegation rumbles and squad rotation headaches"
If Peter Stöger was looking to dispel the myth that his Dortmund team was defensively sound, a six-nil stomping in Munich was an emphatic way to do it. The result propels Bayern into their Champions League date with Sevilla with wind in their sails, and leaves BVB vulnerable to being overtaken as they enter a … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD28 – BVB the victim in Klassiker massacre at Bayern, Hoffenheim still climbing"
The international break is history and the Bundesliga is back – so too is TF Fantasy. Listen in as JT and Flo tell you what they’ve learned from the recent past and how to apply it to your immediate future on MD28. Does Dortmund’s coming tricky stretch (Bayern, Stuttgart, Schalke, Leverkusen) mean you should lay … Continue reading "TF Fantasy MD28 lowdown – BVB’s rough schedule, late season bargains"
Like TF, The Bundesliga’s been away…but we’re almost back! Germany have been in action, and so too have Thomas Tuchel’s representatives in the star coach’s search for a new gig. Matt’s here with a quick update to tide you over for TF Fantasy later this week.
ALERT! ALERT! FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN HAVE LOST IN THE BUNDESLIGA! To mark that unusual event in Leipzig, Susie Schaaf of Miasanrot drops by to talk about the Rekordmeister’s present and future. Matt also engages her in an extended discussion of Germany’s squad ahead of two prestige friendlies against Spain and Brazil – games in which some … Continue reading "Bundesliga MD27 – Bayern go bust in Leipzig, Löw leaves out BVB stars for friendlies"